Monday, December 14, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Giving Guide - Choose Your Own Adventure's Princess Island

I've posted about the Choose Your Own Adventure books in the past so you probably already know how much I love them. My son is getting a set for Christmas this year. He's an awesome reader so I'm looking forward to his reaction to these books, which will let him direct the story and choose different endings. The newest release from the Choose Your Own Adventure series is called Princess Island. This is the perfect gift for a little girl in your life who loves to read.

Princess Dirt is the main character in Princess Island. Her manners are perfect but she lacks in the housekeeping department. Her mother is going to send her to princess camp in order to learn some additional princess skills but Princess Dirt would prefer to stick to her outdoor adventures. In the end you as the reader get to choose whether Princess Dirt will embrace her dirty lifestyle or will she turn to life like a lady.

Princess Island

Your young reader will have a blast reading this story and going back to change the ending again and again. You can find out more about the Choose Your Own Adventure series as well as Princess Island by visiting These books are affordable and I always like gifting books during the holidays. With so many toys and games around, its a nice reminder of how important reading is.

2015 Holiday Gift Giving Guide - Learning Resources Create A Maze Product Review

Christmas is right around the corner but the good news is that you still have a few more days to shop online if you haven't found that perfect gift yet. It can be difficult to shop for the kids in your life, especially if all the popular gift ideas have already been taken by other people in your family. I like to come up with unique gift items for our son and his friends when we have to buy for them. Learning Resources has some great items that are perfect for Christmas but the best part is that they are also educational. The new Create A Maze toy is a lot of fun and is sure to be a popular item this holiday season.

The basic premise of Create A Maze by Learning Resources, is to follow the cards given, and create the maze shown. You then have to navigate a small ball through the maze you just made. You can play this alone just for fun or you can play against a friend to see who can build the maze the fastest and get through it. For more creative kids or for older children, you can create your own mazes as well without having to follow the cards.

This gift is perfect for children age five and up. My son is seven and a half and thinks this is really cool so its definitely not just for the younger crowd. Easy to put together and easy to play, Create A Maze is the perfect gift to give this holiday season. A brain boosting, educational toy that won't be thrown aside after five minutes of play, consider this gift this holiday season.

You can find out more by visiting

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Glutino Holiday Product Review

While I do love to cook (most days) I am not one to bake. It's not that I don't like to bake, I'm just terrible at it. I know why that is though, I don't like how precise baking can be. With cooking I can sprinkle a little of this and a pinch of that while a baking recipe has to be followed exactly and even then, my more involved treats don't come out as expected. I do have some basic recipes I can follow for cakes and cookies, but every year for Christmas I like to make some different. I should also point out that I don't really eat much gluten as part of my daily diet so that complicates things even more. Its nearly impossible to make anything from scratch with alternative flours and such.

I was thrilled to receive my latest box of Glutino products to try out. We received a ton of great gluten free mixes that will be perfect for this holiday season. What we don't use this month will be going to my son's school for his annual food drive. Let's take a good look at all the sweet treats our house will be enjoying this month:

Glutino Twinkle Sprinkle Cakes
Growing up my absolute favorite cake was that plain old funfetti boxed mix. I kid you not. I loved it. That's why I was thrilled to see this holiday season I will be enjoying a very similar treat but I can rest assured knowing it is gluten free. Not to mention these are adorable and will look great on Christmas as a dessert.

Glutino Double Chocolate Brownie Mix

We love us some brownies in our house no matter what time of year it is. My husband loves them and the more fudgy they are the better. I love gluten free brownie mixes because they are actually really delicious and moist and nobody ever knows they are gluten free when I make them.

Glutino Sugar Cookie Mix
This is going to be the perfect basic, sugar cookie mix to use for cutouts and a variety of other cookies. My son loves helping me with sugar cookies and has been assisting me with our Christmas cookies every year for the past four years or so.

Glutino Peppermint Yogurt Covered Pretzels
We love these in our house around Christmas time. They're great to throw on a platter for dessert at a party or gathering. Though, we usually eat them much earlier before Christmas when we have not yet made cookies.

For more information on Glutino's gluten free products and where you can find them (Including shopping online), you can visit

Merry Christmas and happy baking!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Giving Guide - Hess Truck Review

Every year Hess comes out with a better holiday product than the year before. This year, on November 1st, Hess released their 2015 Hess Fire Truck and Ladder Rescue. A really nice addition under the tree this year, this product is a bit different than the past few years with the traditional white and green vehicle designs.

This fire truck set comes with large, solid tires, working lights, sound effects and a moving ladder. Customers have made it a tradition to purchase a Hess truck each year for their children, grandchildren, family members, etc. I always love the little features that come part of a Hess truck and my son has had fun with these trucks for many years as well.

This year, the Fire Truck and Ladder Rescue retails for $30.99 with free shipping included. Batteries also come included with the vehicle so your child can get playing with it right away. A holiday tradition since 1964, Hess produces some of the best quality toys I have ever seen. I have been reviewing the Hess releases for a number of years now, and am always impressed with what they come up with.

You can stay updated on Hess throughout the year by following them on social media. Their facebook page is located at, their Twitter handle is @HessToyTruck and you can follow them on instagram at @HessToyTruck. There is still time to grab this new release for the upcoming holiday season.

More information can be found at

Monday, November 30, 2015

CanvasPop’s Win Your Christmas Giveaway

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And to celebrate, our friends at CanvasPop are giving you the chance to win your Christmas. Featuring prizes from VISA, Apt2B, Toys R Us, and Best Buy, CanvasPop has got the perfect prize pack to help you fill up your stockings with gifts for the whole family.

Prize pack includes:
·         $1,000 VISA Gift Card
·         $200 Best Buy Gift Card
·         $200 Toys ‘R’ Us Gift Card
·         $400 Apt2B Gift Card
·         $500 CanvasPop Gift Card
·         Samsung 40” 1080p Smart TV

So what are you waiting for? Enter now to win this awesome prize pack and make this Christmas one to remember! (link this to

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Giving Guide - Neuhaus Chocolates - Product Review

Ahhhh, who doesn't love chocolate? I know that I do and there is nothing better than being able to enjoy a really wonderful, high quality chocolate as a treat. Heck, I have been stealing some of my son's Halloween candy lately, so to eat a delectable truffle or nut cluster is divine. I recently received one of the Christmas boxes of Neuhaus chocolates to try. I am delighted to conduct this review, as I think a beautifully wrapped, tasty box of chocolates is a great holiday gift for so many people.

I received a one pound ballotin of chocolates which contains approximately 34 pieces of chocolate. Pralines, truffles, clusters and more are included. They are absolutely delicious. This product is so much better than anything you have ever tasted including Godiva and Lindt.

The product I received was Christmas themed, so the beautiful box of chocolates is perfectly wrapped in Christmas paper with a bow and neuhaus card on the front. When shipped to your home, the box of chocolates is padded, boxed and shipped with directions to keep it cool.

You get what you pay for when it comes to chocolate, in my opinion. The one pound ballotin I received retails at about $63. You can get an eight piece, 1/4 pound box for $16. There are other sets that are available as well, at different prices.

If you are looking to buy an expensive, high quality gift for coworkers, bosses, friends and family this holiday season, look no further than Neuhaus chocolates. Not only are they delicious but the entire process of opening up the beautiful box, smelling the sweet treats inside and picking your first choice is a wonderful gift.

For more information you can visit

Friday, November 6, 2015

Fannypants - Product Review

Nobody likes to talk about it but us women know how miserable it can be each month when our period arrives. There are so many uncomfortable symptoms associated with having a period and even worse, we have to deal with all of the products that come along with getting your period. These days more women are choosing to use more organic or natural products for their period but no matter what you use, you want to be comfortable and you want to be protected. Fannypants have created a product called Period Panties that are leak proof underwear designed to keep you fresh and protected during your time of the month.

Period Panties are made by Fannypants, who sells some of the best quality and preferred incontinence underwear available. Period Panties come in a variety of sizes and colors. The best part is that this is no grandma underwear. You will still feel fancy and attractive, even on your period. There is a inner water-proof gusset lining that allows you to wear whatever you want during your period, without having to worry about the products you are using, failing. Antimicrobial technology keeps you clean, fresh and odor free.

For more information on Fannypants or Period Panties, you can visit

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Giving Guide - Petlinks Product Review

I am a huge animal lover. Huge doesn't even describe it. I adore animals. In our home we currently have three rescue cats as well as a rescue guinea pig. We treat our pets like our family and this means we always have a variety of really great pet products in our home. I have done reviews in the past for many pet product companies and I was happy to hear that I would be receiving a sample from Petlinks Products.

I received a Purrr Heaven Memory Foam Pet Bed in the mail for my kitties to share. This is one of the nicest pet beds I have seen. It has really high walls and it is so soft and cushioned. My kitties are getting up their in age so I would like to think they prefer a nice, soft surface to sleep on. The Purrr Heaven Memory Foam Pet Bed is made with MemoryMix fill which is composed of leftover foam bits during the foam construction process. This is a really eco-friendly option as this keeps those leftovers from heading to the landfill.

The fabric on the outside of the bed is super soft and the inside is plush. Of course, my boys all sat next to the bed for about two hours before one of them finally decided to try it out. Day two, and the boys are fighting over it. When one gets out to go eat, another hops in. At one time two wedged themselves into it, which actually wasn't too bad. It's a really deep bed and can actually fit a couple of grown cats, or a few kittens.

This is a great item to put on your Christmas list this year. You shouldn't forget your fur babies this holiday season.

For more information you can visit

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Giving Guide - Pinhole Press Product Review

Photo gifts are a great way to give personalized presents to the ones that you love each holiday season. Whether you are creating a photo book for family members that showcase your big moments of the year, or you want to get a bit more creative, Pinhole Press has many different, unique holiday options for you to choose from.

I received a sample from Pinhole Press. I got to create a custom set of memory cards. You know the game where you flip over a bunch of cards that have pictures on them and try to remember where the match is. This is a great game for kids, so they can work on developing their memory and problem solving techniques. I got to walk through the process of creating the cards. I decided to create the set for my son, as a stocking stuffer. I choose twelve photos, including photos of all his favorite people and places. I included photos of our family and places we have gone this past year.

Memory Games

I was very impressed with the product that arrived at my door step. The memory cards are printed on really thick, high quality card stock. The pictures are very clear and the whole product is very well made. The cards come in their own little box as well. The memory game set starts at about $19.99 depending on the type of card you choose.


In addition to this super cute memory game, you can also choose from a variety of other photo gifts. You can make custom puzzles, decals, magnets and more. The prices at Pinhole Press are really affordable and really well made. This site makes great products that would be perfect for your entire family this holiday season.

You can find out more about Pinhole Press by visiting their website which is located at

Lice Guard - Product Review

We got the dreaded letter from school a couple of weeks ago that informed us there had been a few cases of lice in the school in recent days. Of course, I was horrified being the clean freak that I am. My son informed me his entire class was checked for lice and he was luckily in the clear. After I got over my initial freak out regarding the potential risk of bugs in my child's hair, I quickly started asking around and googling ways to prevent lice. I knew of some products and treatment options if the little bugs did happen to make their way into the house but I didn't know much about preventing them ahead of time, knowing they were in the school already. I came across some products from Lice Guard that not only treat lice but they also help prevent them.

I received three products to try out from Lice Guard. This includes:

Robi Comb
This is a comb designed to detect lice and destroy them using non toxic means. This comb also prevents lice and eggs. When you turn the comb on it will hum slightly. When it comes into contact with something, the humming will stop, alerting you.

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Elimination Kit
The elimination kit comes with a comb as well as a special shampoo you can use on your child if they are infected with lice. Thankfully we haven't needed this product but I plan to keep it on hand in case we're ever unfortunate enough to have an issue.

Repellent Spray
This spray can be sprayed onto your child's hair before they head to school if you know there are cases of lice in the classroom. No pesticides are included in the product, like with other lice treatments. One application in the morning hours before school will last all day long and can be reapplied the next day.

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Keep in mind that many products designed to treat and prevent lice are very toxic. They contain a lot of harmful and dangerous chemicals. Seeing as how we are a pretty organic and natural household, I wanted to make sure we had products on hand that were safe and non-toxic. All of these items from Lice Guard are just that.

You can find out more information by visiting Many of these products can also be found at your local drug store or retail store. A couple of weeks have gone by and thankfully we never suspected lice on our son or in our home. For certain, I will keep these products from Lice Guard on hand for future use.

2015 Holiday Gift Giving Guide - Choose Your Own Adventure Books Product Review

My seven year old son is quite the reader and I love that about him. We are constantly looking for new books to spark his interest. I remembered the Choose Your Own Adventure Books from when I was a kid and I wanted to look into these books for the upcoming holiday season. I like to get my son toys and games and whatever else he likes for Christmas, but he always gets some books as well. I received a box set of books from Chooseco LLC, the maker of the Choose Your Own Adventure series. This box set includes the first four books of the series including:

The Abominable Snowman
Journey Under The Sea
Space and Beyond
The Lost Jewels of Nabooti

All are authored by R.A. Montgomery.

In the Choose Your Own Adventure books your child can read through the story, and as they go they get to pick the direction the book will take. This is done by flipping ahead to a certain page, based on the outcome the child chooses. This is a great way to encourage reading and it also helps spark creativity. Your child is, in essence, creating their own story.

I was amazed to see all of the titles that are now part of the Choose Your Own Adventure series. There are new releases as well. The best part is, these stories are great for both boys and girls. I see a lot of book series for the second grade and up age ranges. A lot of them are geared towards girls with stories of puppies, princesses and fairies. My son loves action and adventure so these books are going to be perfect for him.

You can find out more about the Choose Your Own Adventure series by visiting These titles can be purchased online as well as in a variety of retail book stores. They are affordable and make perfect gifts this holiday season.

2015 Holiday Gift Giving Guide - MagnoGrip Product Review

My husband is a wonderfully handy man. By day he's a computer engineer but anytime there is something around the house that is broken or in need of sprucing up, he's right there in the thick of it. Over the years I have known him and we have owned homes together, my husband has taught himself to do plumbing work, electrical work and much more. It has saved us a lot of money over the years and I secretly think he enjoys making the repairs himself.

Something else about my husband is that he loves to continuously build up his tool chest. He's got a tool for every job and plenty of gadgets that make the job easier. I recently received some samples from MagnoGrip and they were perfect for a handy guy like my hubby. MagnoGrip items are magnetic accessories that can be used on the job. There are gloves and other products that can keep nails, screws and more attached and ready to go when needed.

We received a pair of the magnetic gloves to try out. These gloves from MagnoGrip are designed to serve as work gloves, but they have magnetic points in them so you can easily pick up metal fasteners of some sort or have them ready to go when you are completing a job. My husband reported back to me that the gloves are very high quality and serve as a good pair of gloves, while adding a really convenient feature to them.

The magnetic wristbands from MagnoGrip are designed to be worn comfortably around the wrist. If you are constructing something or finishing a job, you can put the hardware of your choice on the wristband rather than having it in your pocket or even worse, in your mouth.

Magnetic Pouch
For those more involved jobs, you can hook a MagnoGrip magnetic pouch to your belt and have everything you need right at your convenience. You can also attach hardware to the outside of the pouch right where you need it.

All of the MagnoGrip products are very affordable. They make the perfect gift for the handy man in your life. You can find out more by visiting

2015 Holiday Gift Giving Guide - Multi Flask Product Review

I'm a bit proponent of drinking enough water throughout the day. In our home, water is our main beverage of choice. We only keep soda in the house for people who come over and want it. None of us like it. My husband and I are not coffee drinkers though I will drink tea on occasion. It can get boring to constantly be drinking plain old water, though we know its what's best for us. I came across the Multi Flask hydration system and thought it was a really great way to hydrate throughout the day without drinking sugary beverages or consuming dangerous artificial sweeteners. I received a sample of the Multi Flask and it really is the perfect item for yourself or as a gift this holiday season, for someone you know that is health conscious.

The Multi Flask system comes with a variety of parts. When you purchase the starter kit you receive the pieces that all go together. If anything wears or becomes damaged, you can replace the pieces as needed.

The Tritan outer shell is the main shell of the Multi Flask. You can put other interior containers inside but this is what protects everything and holds your beverage. This is a safe polymer that is tough enough to make it through your work day and workouts. With a 22 ounce capacity, this is the perfect bottle for on the go use.

The Tritan inner shell can be placed inside of the outer shell and you can fill it with hot or cold drinks. A 13 ounce capacity comes with this piece.
The glass inner portion of the Multi Flask is my favorite because its non toxic and it is kept safe when you insert it into the Tritan outer shell thanks to a silicone bumper. You can use this piece for both hot or cold beverages. The glass insert has a capacity of 11 ounces.

The tea strainer is a nice addition to the Multi Flask. You can use whole tea leafs to create a hot or cold beverage that does not require a separate mug or product.

The fruit infuser allows you to throw fruits and vegetables into your water for a delicious and unique beverage option. You can add lemon slices, cucumber slices, berries, watermelon and so much more. The combinations are endless. This product keeps your fruit and veggies contained so you don't have to worry about coming into contact with them every time you take a sip. 

Other items include a sipper lid that is perfect for your hot beverages. The other option is a sports lid which I prefer for cold beverages. Colored bands can help you identify your bottle or remind you what you are drinking. 
The Multi Flask system is dishwasher safe and everything fits together nicely for a compact product. If you are someone who wants to incorporate more water into your day but gets tired of plain water, the Multi Flask might be the perfect product for you. This is also a great gift this holiday season if you know someone who is trying to lose weight, someone who works out or someone who is very nutrition-conscious.
For more information on the Multi Flask you can visit their website which is located at

Friday, October 23, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Giving Guide - CanvasPop - Review and Giveaway!

In my last blog post I was talking about our basement hallway and how I wanted to spruce things up a bit. My husband and I worked quite hard to create such usable space in our basement and I wanted to make sure we were showcasing it like an extension of our upstairs and the rest of our home. I recently received a sample photo canvas print from CanvasPop and I used this as an addition to our walls downstairs in our hallway. For this print I decided to stick with the professional beach photos we have showcased in the hallway so they would all tie in together. I picked a really cute shot of my son running down the beach with his back to the camera. I love the colors in the photo and I love how he's basically suspended in the air as he runs along. I remember the moment fondly and I wanted a print of this image.

The Canvas
The product itself is really great. The photo is very clear on the canvas and the colors are beautiful. The final image turned out exactly how I would have hoped. The canvas is on a wood frame and there was a hanging wire on the back which was great. I noticed other brands don't always include something on the back where you can hang the canvas from. Also included were two different hooks and nails. I was able to hang up our new canvas in under a minute thanks to everything being right there and ready. Actually, it took me longer to find a hammer in my husband's workshop than it did to hang up the canvas. Sorry hunny!

The Website
CanvasPop has a website that is easy to navigate and easy to use. I submitted my image through email during the process of receiving my sample but I did move through the website and you'll find the ordering process very simple. Also, I received a proof of my print by email before it was made so this gave me a final opportunity to change the image and whatnot. 

The canvas arrived packaged in bubble wrap and in a sturdy box. There was no damage to the product and it was very well protected. You would expect this from an expensive product but you would be surprised that many companies often slack on their packaging. This is not the case with CanvasPop photo canvas prints.

This canvas got added to the hallway on its own wall. In the photos you can see the difference between a thick canvas and thin canvas. They both have their pros and cons depending on how you are using the product and you can choose your thickness on 

I like CanvasPop because they are extremely affordable. If I was going to order a canvas print like this I could find decent prices on a site like but honestly, I wouldn't trust their process. CanvasPop has a number of products, at a variety of price points. You even get a 100% love it for life guarantee. You can pay as much or as little as you want. You can also choose the depth of the canvas depending on how much you want to spend.

CanvasPop has one of the best customer service departments I have ever dealt with and they are gracious enough to offer one of my lucky readers a free 16'x24" canvas print with a 0.75" wrap. The product will be shipped for free to the winner as well. You can simply click on the link below and you will be taken to the contest page. This contest is being run directly from CanvasPop and they will contact the winner in seven days when the contest is over. I can't wait to see who wins! 

Also, if you would like to purchase a print of your own, you can enjoy a 35% off discount by using the coupon code: AROZANSKI35 . 

Happy shopping and happy gift giving this holiday season! 

Friday, October 16, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Giving Guide - Canvas On Demand - Product Review

I love when I go to a friend's house and they have those adorable canvas photo prints hanging up. It's such a beautiful way to display family photos without having to have a frame hung up. These canvas prints work really well as part of a wall of canvas photos or they look great alone as one single print. I recently had the opportunity to receive two canvas prints from Canvas On Demand and I was so excited to try this service out!

Choosing Photos
I knew I was going to receive two canvas prints approximately 16 x 20 in size. I sat down at my computer one morning in the anticipation of choosing two photos that I would wanted printed on canvas. Forty-five minutes later I was stumped! We have so many beautiful family photos! I decided to settle on two of the images we had taken a couple of years ago by our professional photographer friend. We love the images and already have many of them throughout the home. I knew that the image quality was going to make for some wonderful prints. You can choose your everyday photos from your phone or camera though. My only recommendation would be is that you order a size that works well with the photo resolution you have. Canvas On Demand chose our sizes for us and they worked out perfectly.

The Order Process
After sending over our two images the process began. The website is really easy to use, though I worked directly by email with the company. You will be able to view your product and change your images as you see fit. You can order from a variety of sizes and you can choose the sides of your canvas. We have photo wrap but you can also get white or black on the sides if you would prefer not the extend the photo. I received an email when the product was in the process of being made and I received tracking information very quickly.

The product arrived to my home in a very short amount of time after the initial process began. I was impressed with the shipment. Each canvas was wrapped and then framed in cardboard in a larger box. The products were very protected.

The total price for our order retails at about $235. This may sound expensive, but I can understand the price. You can order cheaper prints at chain retail stores but the quality isn't going to be anywhere near what I received as samples. These canvases are extremely thick and so clear. The photos actually look like they are painted on by hand. They're gorgeous. You can choose from a variety of quality canvases and sizes if you want to keep things more affordable.

We have a completely finished basement that has this long hallway in the middle of it that leads to various rooms like a gym area and a bonus family room / play room. The hallway, for the most part, is pretty simple and empty. We have a couple of cabinets down there and the floors are this gorgeous laminate but something was needed on the walls. I had a couple of frames hung up on the walls but I wanted to try these canvases out on the walls in the hallway and let them be the focal point. I absolutely love how they turned out. These products are exactly what we needed down there.

For more information on how you can purchase your own Canvas On Demand products you can visit their website at The website often runs discount codes. For example, today there is a thirty-percent off code running for all purchases. These are great additions to your home and they would be wonderful Christmas gifts for family members as well.

Stay tuned for another canvas print review next week for CanvasPop prints!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Bellabeat Leaf- Product Review

I admit, it took me some time to jump on the bandwagon with all of the new technology that was out there. I prefer the simpler times so I resist things like tablets, smartphones, etc. A few months ago I decided to take the plunge though, and I now have a smartphone. Way behind everyone else, I know, but I have one. The apps are convenient and I have started using a few tools to make my life a little simpler. There are a number of products being created that can be used with your smartphone and computer, that allows you to track certain things like your activity levels, calories burned during workouts, heart rate, etc. Bellabeat recently released a product called Leaf and it can be used to monitor breathing, quality of sleep, menstrual cycles and much more. I received a Leaf from Bellabeat to try out and here is my experience with it thus far.

About Leaf
This is basically smart jewelry that can be worn and it will sync up with your phone to track a number of data items. A small, silver leaf is clipped onto your waistband, your shirt or it can be worn with the accessories provided as a necklace or bracelet. It's attractive which is nice, and very different from some of the other fitness accessories being sold right now.

The app is very easy to install and it is free. I installed the app and within about two minutes I had my Leaf synced to the app. All it took was two taps of the Leaf. From there you can enter in your birth date, weight, height, etc. and this will help tailor your experience with Leaf.

Leaf will monitor your breathing for you and will alert you if you are breathing incorrectly. This is a great way to reduce your stress and ensure that your body is not reacting poorly to outside stresses. There are a number of breathing exercises on the Leaf app that you can use along with your smart jewelry.

This is the only feature I wasn't thrilled with regarding the Leaf but if you have sleep concerns, I'm sure this isn't an issue for you. I didn't want to wear the product to bed at night, but that being said, you don't have to. I did enter my sleep hours into the app though.

You can use Leaf to monitor the amount of steps you take and the amount of physical activity that you are getting. If you want to stay active throughout the day, you can have Leaf set to vibrate when you have been inactive for a certain amount of time.

Menstrual Cycle
Log in your information regarding your period and you will be able to better understand your cycle. You will also receive a notification when you are approaching the date of your expected period. This can also help you with ovulation, etc.

You can also enjoy a wake up alarm, a medication reminder alarm and so much more. Basically, Bellabeat has designed the Leaf to provide you with as much or as little assistance as you want to feel better and become healthier. This is a great tool to embrace a healthier lifestyle and get to know your body better.

For more information on Bellabeat and their products, including the Leaf, you can visit

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Moo Business Cards - Product Review

When you work from home and you are your own boss it is really important to market yourself well. Otherwise, you won't have any work. What I've learned as a freelance writer and editor is that more often than not, the work is not going to come find me. I have to look around and market myself to brands or companies that I feel are in need of my services. A great item to have on hand when you meet people in person is a business card that has your basic information on it. You don't need much more than your name, email address and website address on your business card, but it should be a high quality business card and it should be clear to read.

I recently received the opportunity to design some business cards for myself using the website. MOO has high quality, luxury business card products that are much nicer than other brands I have seen before. The quality of the card is awesome; the paper is super thick and the text is nice and clear.

I also loved how easy the design tool is to use on the website. You can easily click on the areas of the chosen card that you want to fill out, you can pick from text options, sizes and colors and you can switch between layouts to experiment with what you want. You can include photos, icons, etc. The background color is up to you and there is a front and back to each card. Once you are done designing your card you're all set. You simply confirm all the text is correct and your cards arrive in no time.

For anyone who is looking to spread their contact information to potential clients, is a great place to start. You can obtain business cards at a very affordable price and reorder whenever needed. I love the little extra mile MOO goes to. The cards come in a nice little carrying case that is convenient to carry your cards around in.

For more information you can visit Choose from a preset template or design your own card from scratch. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Glutino - Product Review

In my opinion, Glutino has some of the best gluten free products around. Not only that, but they have one of the best blogger programs out there! I've been lucky enough to receive many free samples from the company and I've gotten to try out a lot of really tasty gluten free products over the past couple of years that I have been avoiding gluten. My recent package from Glutino had some really great products in it that I'd love to share with you!

Cinnamon Raisin Bread
If you have eaten gluten free for any length of time then you know how difficult it can be to find a good quality, tasty GF bread. Glutino truly has 'bread' products that are so much better than all other brands. For awhile now, theirs are the only ones I'll eat. The cinnamon raisin bread is super good. Its light, airy, and it makes a great french toast. Just sweet enough with tons of raisins.

Blueberry Toaster Pastry
So much better than that gluten-filled Poptarts brand! They have a super tasty filling and the pastry doesn't taste or feel gluten free at all. A much demanded treat in my house!

Fudge Pretzels
Gluten free pretzels covered in a fudge coating that is so much better than just a traditional chocolate. Decadent and delicious!

Salted Caramel Pretzels
Gluten free pretzels with a sweet caramel coating, but just a little hint of saltiness.

Yankee Cornbread Mix
A gluten free cornbread mix; I mixed it together, popped it into the waffle iron and made cornbread waffles. Warm up some chili and top the waffles with the chili and your favorite gluten free toppings. Thank you pinterest!

For more information on Glutino or any of their gluten free products, you can visit their website at Their products are available online as well as in many retail stores.

Glow Bug Cloth Diapers - Product Review

Cloth diapers are just so cute and not only that but they are environmentally friendly. Think of all the diapers that would stay out of landfills all over the world if more people made the switch to cloth! Glow Bug Cloth Diapers are made in their very own facility in China, by employees who are paid fair wages and work in optimal conditions. These highly skilled professionals churn out an awesome product that is soft, cute and functional. Made of polyester for maximum durability, softness and performance, Glow Bug Cloth Diapers are affordable. You won't be able to keep yourself from buying more!

There are a couple of different inserts that you can buy from Glow Bug for your cloth diapers. One is microfiber and is a blend of 70% polyester and 30% nylon. Bamboo inserts are also available and are made up of 2 layers of a bamboo, cotton, polyester blend with one layer of microfiber. You can research both of these options to decide which one would work best for your baby or you can get a few of each to try them out.

There are a number of different prints and color options available from Glow Bug Cloth Diapers. You are guaranteed to get your shipment in 2 to 5 business days after you place your order, otherwise a free diaper will be included in your shipment. Available both online and in retail stores, Glow Bug provides a wonderful, safe and eco-friendly diaper option for your baby. Glow Bug diapers are sold in large quantities, so you can purchase your stash all at once. There are options available online however, so you can trade or purchase smaller quantities.

For more information you can visit

Bright Star Kids - Product Review

Every year at the beginning of the school year we have to label a whole ton of items and send them in to the classroom. Not to mention, throughout the year there are tons of other things to label like books from home that need to be taken into school but need to find their way back home, water bottles, mouth guards, and the list goes on and on. It can be plain and boring to whip out the old permanent marker and label things by hand, which is why I was so excited to receive our pack of personalized labels from Bright Star Kids!

At Bright Star Kids the process of ordering labels is really very simple. You type in the name and any other information you might want included (phone number, address). Then you can pick your colors, any additional icon you might want included and you can choose what sizes and shapes you want for your labels. We received a pack of Bright Star Kids' labels personalized with my son's names. I love them because the stickers are high quality, but they come in a ton of different sizes and types. Typically, labels we receive are one sheet with all of the same label. You can order this from Bright Star Kids or you can choose a pack with different sizes. This is perfect if you are going to be getting ready for back to school and have to label a variety of different products. You can even get labels that are skinny and small enough to fit on a pencil or marker!

The Bright Star Kids labels are durable and you can even get iron on labels to iron into uniforms, backpacks and much more! The prices are really affordable no matter how few or how many labels you want to purchase. For more information you can visit Happy shopping!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Emmy's Organics - Product Review

Ok I admit it, I love food. Well, if you know me at all, you already knew this. I'm always looking to try a new restaurant, try a new food; you name it I'll try it! For the days that I can't get out to eat, I like to keep our pantry stocked with all kinds of tasty snacks. I like nothing more than when my husband opens the pantry and says: "OooooOOO! we have lots of snacks in here!" I do like to keep it healthy though, so you are not going to see bag after bag of potato chips in there. I came across Emmy's Organics and I really wanted to try the macaroons that they sell. They look delicious, they are gluten free and they are oh so natural.

We were lucky enough to receive a box of samples from Emmy's Organics, filled with one of each of their varieties of macaroons. My mouth immediately started watering. I made sure we had a healthy lunch first (responsible mom alert!) and then I grabbed a bag of the Lemon Ginger Macaroons that we could all try. They are absolutely amazing. They aren't too sweet and they aren't too rich, but the serving size is right on point. One macaroon is perfect. I love the raw ingredients of the cookie and none of the flavors are overwhelming. There is just enough coconut, just enough of the lemon flavoring and just enough ginger. This is the perfect treat!

There are a number of other flavors of macaroons available from Emmy's Organics. Such as Dark Cacao, Chai Spice, Chocolate Chip, Choco Orange and much more. The Lemon Ginger is by far my favorite though!

Locally, we can buy Emmy's Organics products at Wegmans but you can find out more about the products and shop online by visiting There are also some other products available through Emmy's Organics including a healthy Super Cereal.

Friday, September 25, 2015

If your house is like mine, then you probably have a lot of pencils and writing utensils around. You probably have not given much thought to those pencils when they get too short and you toss them in the trash. Sprout Pencils fix this situation in a very eco-friendly way. A high quality, cedar pencil with a seed capsule at the top, you can plant the too-short pencil stump after the pencil has been used, and watch a plant grow.

Each Sprout Pencil is labeled with the plant that it is seeded with. You can everything from basil, to sunflowers and even cherry tomato plants. The whole pencil stump can go right into the ground, according to planting instructions. Once the pencil and seed is exposed to moisture, the seed will begin to germinate. Water your seedling regularly and make sure it gets plenty of sunshine. Before long you'll have a plant of your very own! It will take about 2 to 3 weeks for your seedling to sprout and then 4-5 weeks before the herbs and such as ready to use.

Organic seeds are part of each pencil; five seeds at least in each. It is recommended that you plant your pencils outside for best results.

For more information on Sprout Pencils or to shop online, you can visit their website which is located at: Sprout Pencils bring some excitement to homework time once again!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

bubula - Product Review

Its so fun to decorate a child's nursery when you find out you are having a baby. You get to pick the wall color, pick out curtains, a crib, bedding, furniture, and on and on. The only downside, is when your baby finally arrives, that beautiful room quickly becomes a mess. Partly because you are exhausted and don't have time to clean up, but also because of those stinky diapers. I remember, when our son was a baby, we had a small little diaper pail in his room where we would throw the dirty diapers after a changing. The pail really didn't do its job because we had to be sure to empty the pail each evening. Now, there are so many awesome products on the market, its hard not to keep your nursery clean and tidy. bubula is a steel diaper pail that is new to the market and its definitely one to consider when you are getting ready for baby.

The bubula diaper pail is made of stainless steel and aluminum. Unlike plastic diaper pails, these materials are not going to absorb smells and they won't let smells out either. The lid is also airtight, so you don't have to worry about any odors escaping that way. Even during disposal, there is no leakage of smells. You simply open the lid, put the diaper inside, close the lid, press a button and the diaper gets released into the interior bag. You can then empty the entire thing at your convenience. The size of the bubula diaper pail is quite tall, so you have plenty of room to store diapers for a few days before needing to empty it.

The best part about the bubula is not just how you say the name (Everybody now: Boooobaaaaalaaaaa), but the fact that you don't have to purchase special liner bags for this product. I never wanted to invest in products like the Diaper Genie, because you had to purchase expensive bags to go along with it. Bubula uses standard size, garbage can liners. Awesome!

For more information on the bubula you can visit A variety of colors are available so you can match your diaper pail to your child's nursery.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

My Eco 4-in-1 Bag Set - Product Review

This week marked the end of summer vacation in our household and boy was that a bummer. Not only did that mean that my son had to head to second grade, but I had to say goodbye to the lazy days of summer and start back with my freelancing work and blogging. Gone is our afternoons of playing Legos and heading to the library to stock up on books and movies. Also gone is my little helper who would accompany me to the grocery store each week and help me carry our bags in the house. The plastic bags at the store can be very thin and flimsy. Ours always rip and have holes in them at the end of unpacking. Not to mention, all those plastic bags can create quite a bit of waste, even if we reuse them. I received a sample of the My Eco 4-in-1 bag set to try. This is a set of reusable grocery bags that all fit into one bag that you can easily take shopping with you.

What I like the most about the My Eco set is that the bags are much more durable than you would find with the reusable bags you buy in the grocery store. Each bag is designed according to the groceries that fit into it. For example, the bag that holds your cold and frozen items is insulated. This is great since our favorite grocery store (Wegmans) is at least fifteen minutes away, and in the middle of a heat wave, it can be tough to keep some of our groceries cold on the way home.

These bags are over sized and come with extra wide handles so they are easy to carry. While my little shopping buddy might be at school working on his math and reading skills, I can balance another one of my household duties simply with the My Eco 4-in-1 bag set.

For more information you can visit

Sock It To Me - Product Review

I love fun and funky socks. I don't know why, but I do and I have a huge dresser drawer full of them. I came across the Sock It To Me website and was thrilled to find out they were going to be sending me a couple of pairs of socks to try out from their collection. I received the Knee High Funky: Let Them Eat Cupcakes socks as well as the Women's Crew: Space Catdet. Now let me tell you, the inner geek comes out of me when I see something cat related. I am a cat lady at heart (I only have three!) and I love a fun tshirt with cats on it or a fun pair of socks. I was thrilled with these selections.

I found that Sock It To Me's products are very well made. Whereas, you normally might grab a fun pair of socks and find they are thin and ill-fitted, these socks are thick, stretchy, and are really comfortable. On average, a pair of crew socks is going to cost just under $12. I think this is a really fair price considering the quality.

You will have a blast scrolling through all the fun items on the Sock It To Me website. You can shop around as well as find out more about their products by visiting

ZippySack - Product Review

My son got a stomach bug over the summer and while we normally don't watch a ton of television, we did during this illness. While watching my son's favorite shows the ZippySack commercial came on. Many times in fact. My son jumped right on board with this one. ZippySack is basically a fitted blanket that goes over your child's mattress. In the morning, rather than having to make their bed, your child can just get up and zip up the outer covering. During nighttime, the outer covering doubles as a blanket to use. Think of it like a sleeping bag of sorts.

There are a variety of ZippySacks available for both boys and girls over the age of three. We received the Dinosaur ZippySack to check out. The blanket is made of a really soft material and the entire thing is designed to fit perfectly over the mattress size you have chosen. The zipper is well made and it is easy for your child to zip and unzip. 

The best part about the ZippySack is that it gets your child excited for bedtime. Which, in our household, is important. Our son hates going to bed at night! The price of the ZippySack is pretty fair. You can get a twin ZippySack for $29.99 and a full size for $39.99. Both of these prices do not include shipping and handling. 

For more information and to view the different styles of ZippySacks available, you can visit

FabOdina Maxi Pin - Product Review

We all love our maxi skirts. I mean, they basically are a fancier version of yoga pants, and what is there not to love about yoga pants?! If you want to make your maxi skirt a little bit more stylish and fancy, you can use the newly released FabOdina Maxi Pin. This pin basically allows you to gather your skirt up on one side, wherever you choose to pin it.

You can purchase the FabOdina in either silver or gold and each pin costs just $19.99. The pin itself is attractive, with a plain bar design and a small flower-like decoration on it. You can wear it with any maxi skirt you choose and you instantly transform your tried and true maxi skirt into something much more formal that you can wear just about anywhere.

It is recommended that you place your FabOdina Maxi Pin into a seam on your skirt to avoid any kind of pin hole forming in your skirt.

You can visit for more information.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Be The Difference - Product Review

There's probably nothing more comfy than throwing on a t-shirt and a pair of sweat pants. I know I'm not alone here, right moms?! Anyway, it's nice to have a shirt or two that supports something or motivates. Even better if part of the sales goes toward a great cause. This is exactly what you get when you shop with Be The Difference LLC ( Not only will you find inspirational tees on the site but also, ten percent of all sales are donated directly to Hayden's Heart ( Hayden's Heart raises funds for Congenital Heart Defect awareness.

Each and every shirt on the Be The Difference LLC website is uplifting or motivational in some way. For example, I received the 'The Grass Is Greener Right Here' tee. This shirt serves as a reminder to all who wear it that you should appreciate and be happy with your life that you have right now. Enjoy each moment and realize that other people might not be as well off as you think.

The quality of the t-shirt I received is great. The shirt did not shrink at all when washed and the colors stayed vibrant. For more information on the inspirational shirts featured through Be The Difference LLC you can visit You can also find out more about Hayden's Heart by visiting their website at

More information on CHD can be found at:

Saturday, August 15, 2015

B-Natal - Product Review

Almost every pregnant woman experiences morning sickness to some degree. The lucky ones are only a little woozy here and there while there are much more severe cases where a woman cannot seem to keep anything down and is battling feeling sick most of her nine months. There are some tricks to beating morning sickness like keeping a few snacks by the bed for before you get up, staying hydrated, eating well throughout the day and taking prenatal vitamins. For those who need some extra assistance, B-natal has a non-prescription vitamin supplement for morning sickness.

B-natals come in the form of a cherry flavored sucker. It's very tasty and that little bit of sugar can perk you right up. Not only that but each sucker has B6 in it, which has been studied and proven to improve morning sickness symptoms in many women. Vitamin B6 has actually been recommended by healthcare professionals for morning sickness since 1942.

With as many as 50 to 85 percent of pregnant women experiencing morning sickness, B-natal is a great product to keep on hand. You can keep a few in your nightstand for when you wake up in the morning, you can keep them in your purse while you go about your day or have a few on hand in your kitchen. You can use up to three B-natals per day.

What I like about B-natals is that they are not too sweet. They have just enough sugar in them to make them tasty enough to consume but they aren't so sugary that you worry about adding them to your diet when you are pregnant. You can get B-natals in both cherry and green apple flavors.

For more information you can visit This product is sold both online and in a variety of retail stores such as Babies R Us and Walgreens.